The Tri-Cities should get a break from snow and rain Friday through the weekend, but the National Weather Service is predicting this December will be wetter than usual.
However, despite the cold start to the month, temperatures should average about normal by the end of the month, the agency predicted.
Normal highs for December in the Tri-Cities average 42.7 degrees at the start of the month and 40.3 degrees at the end of the month. Normal lows fall from 29.9 degrees to 27.5 degrees.
Normal precipitation for the month is 1.16 inches.
November was cooler than usual, thanks mostly to the cold snap in the last week of the month. Temperatures averaged 1.9 degrees below normal.
The average low temperature was 33.5 degrees, with the coldest temperature 5 degrees on Nov. 25.
High temperatures were above average for most of the first 20 days of the month. But the month ended with seven of 10 days when the highs failed to warm up to the average low for the dates.
The highest temperature of the month in the Tri-Cities was 69 degrees on Nov. 2 and high temperatures averaged 47.4 degrees.
The high failed to reach 32 degrees on seven days and the low fell below freezing on 11 days.
At Hanford, the coldest day was Nov. 24, when the low was minus 8 degrees, according to the Hanford Meteorological Station.
But some mild weather midmonth tied a previous record. On Nov. 15 the low was 49 degrees, tying the record for the warmest low temperature for the date.
November was wetter than usual in the Tri-Cities with 1.47 inches of precipitation, which was 0.39 inch above normal.
That included 7 inches of snow, with the greatest depth on the ground 6 inches on Nov. 23, according to the weather service.
At Hanford, 8.2 inches of snow fell.
The highest wind gust in the Tri-Cities was 67 mph on Nov. 16. At Hanford it was 55 mph on the same date.